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L-Tryptophan is an essential alpha-amino acid and metabolic precursor in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin, melatonin, and related indole type compounds such as the tryptamine family. As an essential amino acid, L-Tryptophan is not synthesized in humans and other animals, rather it must be consumed through diet or supplementation. L-Tryptophan has calming, mood lifting, and empathy inducing effects.
Recommended amount per dose is 500-1000 mg, or 1-2 size '00' capsules. L-Tryptophan absorption is enhanced on an empty stomach.
L-Tryptophan is an effective and safe way to increase serotonin levels in the body and brain. While L-Tryptophan is not as potent as 5-htp, it conveys broader benefits and has fewer side effects, while remaining viable and efficient in its purported use.
High doses are contraindicated for those who take antidepressant medicines, including but not limited to TCA, SSRI, SNRI, MAOI, and related drugs.
Do not consume without knowing an accurate dosage. A milligram scale is highly recommended.
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